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OBAMA: Redemption or revival?

Letter by Burt L. Talcott, Tacoma on Nov. 2, 2010 at 11:15 am | 8 Comments »
November 2, 2010 11:15 am

The growing rejection of President Obama and the Democrats is more basic and nuanced than the devastating debts and deficits, the excessive spending and regulations, the arrogance and smugness, the blatant corruption and misrepresentations.

His holistic view or attitude, however derived, of societal decadence, economic unfairness and excessive military strength decries America’s proud, deserved exceptionalism. He believes that his perceived America is evil and must be redeemed – and that only a larger, invasive government can redeem America.

Those who reject this “redemption” thesis believe that America is resilient and that more individual opportunity and responsibility and a freer market will allow our society and economy to revive themselves.

“Redemption” is quite different from “revival.” Redemption presumes that America is basically evil; revival presumes America is good and can recover once the heavy yoke of government is relaxed.

I believe America will begin a revival on Tuesday; political redemption is unnecessary.

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